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Brooklyn Principal Lures Local Parents to a Middle School in Transition

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

WNYC
A middle school in Cobble Hill decided to improve its reputation, and its chance of survival, by collaborating with local families who previously shunned it for more prestigious schools.
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Soundcheck

Alejandra Ribera: Sultry Polylingual Pop From North Of The Border

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hear the Award-winning Canadian singer and songwriter plays selections from her latest album of "polylingual pop."

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The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

Season Finale: French Masterworks

Sunday, March 30, 2014

On this Season Finale of The Choral Mix, Kent Tritle wraps up with an hour of French Masterworks, and a heavy focus on choral music plus organ.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Stephane Wrembel

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Django-inspired jazz guitarist plays Barbès on Sunday night. Download his lilting "Minuit aux Batignolles."

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New Sounds

Vincent Segal & Ballake Sissoko

Monday, September 02, 2013

“Chamber Music,” the quietly elegant record from Ballaké Sissoko, who plays the traditional kora, a lute-harp from Mali, and Vincent Ségal, the French cellist who plays for the trip-hop band Bumcello, came about because Sissoko approached Segal after a Chocolate Genius show.  Following improvisatory leads, they wrote intimate and warm global chamber music, which sounds like it came about in the still of the night.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Bill Buford and John Bennet on French cooking.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Bill Buford and John Bennet on French cooking.

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New Sounds

Vincent Segal & Ballake Sissoko

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

“Chamber Music,” the quietly elegant record from Ballaké Sissoko, who plays the traditional kora, a lute-harp from Mali, and Vincent Ségal, the French cellist who plays for the trip-hop band Bumcello, came about because Sissoko approached Segal after a Chocolate Genius show.  Following improvisatory leads, they wrote intimate and warm global chamber music, which sounds like it came about in the still of the night.

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Soundcheck

Storming the French Charts

Friday, July 13, 2012

Ah, Bastille Day. The annual French commemoration of the storming of the Bastille - which took place on July 14, 1789 - is generally celebrated here in New York with kitchy games of pétanque, too many glasses of pastis and half-hearted attempts at putting that 7th grade French vocabulary to good use (“merci!” “ouais!” “shampooing!”). But here at Soundcheck, we’re gearing up for Bastille Day this year by taking a good hard look at the singles that have recently stormed - and conquered - the top of the French charts. (Check out the full playlist here.)

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New Sounds

Vincent Segal & Ballake Sissoko

Friday, May 06, 2011

“Chamber Music,” the quietly elegant record from Ballaké Sissoko, who plays the traditional kora, a lute-harp from Mali, and Vincent Ségal, the French cellist who plays for the trip-hop band Bumcello, came about because Sissoko approached Segal after a Chocolate Genius show.  Following improvisatory leads, they wrote intimate and warm global chamber music, which sounds like it came about in the still of the night. 

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The Takeaway

Mass Protests Are Alive and Well in France, But What About in America?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Violent strikes continue in France this morning as protesters blocked access to the airport in Marseilles, and stopped traffic in several other cities. Students have poured out of high schools onto the streets, with 312 high schools closing after classes were disrupted. Fourteen fuel depots remain blockaded.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is warning that the clashes will have a significant economic repercussions. Sarkozy's indicating he will not back down on his plan to raise France's retirement age from 60 to 62. 

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Studio 360

360 Pick: Rotary Downs Plays On

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Hurricanes and oil spills won't stop this New Orleans band. They embrace city's gumbo-like spirit layering each tune with a jillion textures and the odd horn riff. Through it all, they never lose their rock n'roll cred. Take 'Montrez-Vous:' it's got a seriously danceable hard-driving percussion but also includes xylophone, cowbell, maracas, bongos, organ, and a chorus in French. The final track 'Indian Summer' makes time for trumpets, gorgeous vocal harmonies, whimsical lyrics, and messy jam-bandy moments. Worth putting on repeat in any season.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Calvin Trillin on poutine

Monday, November 16, 2009

Calvin Trillin eats and discusses poutine.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

James Wood on V. S. Naipaul

Monday, November 24, 2008

James Wood discusses V. S. Naipaul.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Elephant in the Room

Monday, September 15, 2008

Adam Gopnik on the controversy behind Babar.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

David Grann on Frederic Bourdin

Monday, August 04, 2008

David Grann talks about the French con man Frederic Bourdin.

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